Summary: I bought this Yamaha recv.back in jan of 09 and I've been very pleased with this product, don't be fooled by the 665watts, it can get louder than you might possibly ever need ,this unit is a 7.2 not a 7.1 it has two sub outs, I have 7 pair of JA Audio cube speakers and two powered subs which makes a huge difference and really rounds out the bass in my living room,I did alot of research and even baught and returned a few name brand recv.
Summary: I got this brand new in box for $350 on ebay and I couldn't be happier. As long as the specs meet your needs (2 hdmi inputs, etc), you'll be pleased. It's true that the settings are a bit daunting in scope, but in my opinion that's good in a receiver. With the manual in hand and a bit of patience it can be dialed in to make any listener happy! I don't know that I'd be any better off with a receiver priced hundreds more.
Summary: This is a great receiver for anyone who has a home theater and a budget (meaning you didn't win the lottery). I have it driving an existing 5.1 surround set-up in the living room and a second zone for the pool area. It is great having the ability to control two zones with different audio sources. Initial set-up was very easy with the included microphone and an automated process. The improvement over the Sony 5.1 system it replaced is incredible.
Summary: This is truly a great AV receiver. It has a great number of features and input options. The sound is extremely clean and dynamic, as would be expected from Yamaha. It is a very good value for the price. It is highly recommended.
Summary: SUMMARY: Great Sound, Good video switching, Decodes all HD sound formats, Great DSP features, tremendous value, Pre-Outs upgradable. I was interested in buying an A/V receiver and was undecided between the Onkyo SR606 and the Yamaha RXV663 (aka HTR-6160BL), given what I'd read about them. Both are well known, well liked receivers. The Onkyo SR606 seems more popular due to the number of HDMI inputs, 1080i up conversion (though fairly buggy), and decent performance.
Summary: This is an amazing receiver. It functions flawlessly. The HDMI Upconversion is a dream come true for those with HDTV. It provides plenty of sound options for home theater and plenty of power for cranking it up and jamming out. You can't go wrong with this receiver. I sold my Harmon Kardon after a couple days of using this Yamaha. I have owned Dennon, Harmon Kardon, Onkyo and several Yamahas and this is the best receiver I have ever owned.
Summary: Only AFTER I buy this do I discover the Yamaha "clips" the HDMI video signal -- meaning it can't do the full range of 0-255, instead clipping it to 16-235 and losing Blacker than Black and Whiter than White, which some TVs can handle. If you use a PS3, then you've seen the "Full" or "Limited" video option. This basically takes away the "Full" option. I think this is absurd and I can't believe Yamaha has allowed it to happen.
Summary: Got it on amazon to build my home theater around it. Upscaling and upconversion rules. A little bit hard to control, but it definitely worth the money. Highly recommend to anybody. After all, do you REALLY need those 800$+ pieces of equipment?
Summary: First I have to say this is a nice receiver/amp for a technical person. The amp allows you to re-map video to audio ports, it has plenty of ins and outs for connecting gear. Sound quality is grat and the auto setup feature does a good job of setting levels and EQ. The other settings are not accessed intuitively. The manual is not clear on how to access the units settings.